The Staircase Aftershow – Chapter 2: Secrets and Lies

June 27, 2018

It is like deja vu all over again as The Docket Podcast returns to an episode-by-episode examination of a real life crime docu-series.  Only this time its all about The Staircase instead of Making A Murderer.

Join us – criminal defence lawyer Michael Spratt and former federal prosecutor and law professor Emilie Taman – as we dissect The Staircase chapter-by-chapter. Each podcast we will break down the legal strategy, evidentiary issues, and give our opinions on the case – with a Canadian twist.

In Chapter 2: Secrets and Lies we look at the role bad character evidence can play in a trial. In Peterson’s case the prosecution made the most tenuous of links between Peterson’s sexuality and a motive to commit murder. The prosecution’s theory was pretty speculative and it was way prejudicial. But maybe that is what the prosecution was counting on.

We also look at the initial stages of trial preparation – identifying the facts, testing your presentation, and getting your client ready to testify.

And Peterson also comes to the realization: the poor don’t stand a chance in the justice system.

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